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Srinivasan Chari

… that’s Ravi to you and me …

Please welcome our newest member Ravi Chari, introduced to us by long-time friend and former neighbor Rick Davis. Ravi is the tenth and (maybe) final new member in Kit’s 2004-05 presidential year.

Ravi describes himself as a “contrarian by nature,” but he is at a loss to find anything to object to in the Rotary Way. With enthusiasm and candor, we welcome our newest member!

No Meeting (‘Dark’) July 5

As his first order of business as Club President for 2005-06, David Keller will be taking a vacation to Oregon for the Fourth of July. In anticipation of your own vacation, we we will be Dark on July 5 … that means no meeting!

Please plan to attend our very special 2005-06 Kick-Off Party on July 12!

Mona Vijaykar

In the name of international understanding, today’s speaker presented a thoughtful introduction to the ancient history and culture of India, and shared with us several ways that Indian culture has shaped religion, science, and other philosophical pursuits around the world.

Mona Vijaykar shared a brief version of her larger presentation, “Vasuda Eva Kutumbakam (The World is the Family).” She was recently featured in the Mercury News, and most of her material is available in more-detailed format at her website, India in Classrooms.

Debunk Kit Whitney on July 16

If you have not met with Sue Klear regarding about your own personal gift to Kit, please contact her ASAP. Thanks!

She’s had a GREAT year, but it’ll be over soon! Don’t miss the party!

Immediate Past President Gary Arita is coordinating the Debunking Party, set for Saturday, July 16. Please join us at Buca di Beppo in the Pruneyard for dinner (5:30 – 8:00 pm; $35/person). The menu will include great Italian favorites, fabulous pasta, fantastic desserts – and a gentle roast ;-).

Invitations and sign-up information will be forthcoming. You can also view the “Save the Date” flier (in PDF).

San Jose Grand Prix

Mike O’Kane provided a breif overview of the Canary Fund, working to detect and stop cancer in its earliest stages.

Mike also distributed a postcard with race details and prices for tickets. Tickets are onsale now, and special group pricing is available. The racecourse maps boast of a Family Activity area, but there is no reduced-price ticket category for children.

If you want to know more about Champ Car racing, asking Jerry Cummings is your best bet for details.

Handicap Ramp Complete!

The Ramp at St. Elizabeths Day HomeAn intense work crew of old and new Rotarians swept into St. Elizabeth’s Day Home on Saturday, June 11, and completed the handicap-accessible ramp that constitutes our Centennial Project.

St. Elizabeth’s Day Home is San Jose’s oldest childcare provider, and the Indoor Stage and adjoining Room 9 was the last remaining portion of the facility that could not be accessed by wheelchair. Great job, Rotarians!

More Pictures are available in Bill Highley’s Yahoo! Photo Collection.

Welcome, Jason Baker!

Our record-setting recruiting pace for new members continues this week with the introduction of Jason Baker, an attorney from our community.

Jason showed us his community credentials earlier this year, when he spoke to our Club in support of parcel taxes to fund the Santa Clara County Library system. He also has a Rotary history in his hometown of Fresno. As he was unducted, he spoke highly of Rotary’s commitment to International peace and understanding.

Welcome, Jason!

Rotarians on the Move …

Two Rotarians have moved their office locations recently. Despite their attempts to avoid notice from Gary Arita, Sergeant-at-Arms, their movements have been duly noted.

Paul Bacosa has purchased a new studio facility on Gish Road in San Jose, and his multi-generational, family-owned Bacosa Photography business is as strong as ever.

Cecelia Babkirk also moved recently, shifting her desk (and Mortgage Broker files) to the Pruneyard, undoubtedly in one of the big towers.

If your webmaster hadn’t misplaced the new addresses (Felicia found Paul’s card to be very tasty), their updated contact information would be published here already. Stay tuned for an update.

As long as you haven’t moved offices or changed cell phone providers, your current member contact information is in the new, improved Online Member Roster, now accessible from the upper right-hand corner of every page on this website. Click through, and make sure your information is up-to-date!

Jerry Cummings, Oil Baron

This week featured our own Jerry Cummings, regaling us with stories of highway robbery and political intrigue. Then he put a friendly smile on the oil and gas industry.

He discussed the history of Coast Oil, Robinson Oil, and Rotten Robbie. Actually, there is even more information at the station’s FAQ Page.

Club Member Roster

Individual Member data can now be found on the “Club Roster” pages within this website.

A complete Roster for the Rotary Club of Campbell – San Jose West is available online in PDF, and an be printed for handy reference. A userid and password is required to access this file: Current Roster